June 3, 2017 · 5:30pm

8 pm, Front Stage
$5 cover
21+
Lineup:
The Tuck Ryan Band – Americana, Soul, Blues, Jazz
The Dirk Quinn Band – High Energy Funk, Jazz, Improvisation

The Dirk Quinn Band

Dirk Quinn is the guitarist for a high energy funk/jazz band based out of Philadelphia that travels extensively throughout the US and Canada.  Utilizing over a decade of steady performing, Quinn has developed a unique and progressive style – one that appeals to a wide variety of music listeners with fans ranging from the jam band hippies to the jazz snobs.

Initially attracted to the guitar as a teenager after being introduced to classic rock giants such as Led Zeppelin and The Beatles, Quinn’s thirst for the unique and bizarre soon had him jamming along to the more radical and daring Mahavishnu Orchestra and the humorous, bass-laden noise of Primus. Playing virtually non-stop with countless musical projects afforded him ample opportunity to hone his chops. It wouldn’t be long before the refining of his own artistic message coupled with a fresh, new outlook and a deeper musical/life philosophy opened up to him the world of jazz. Miles, Coltrane, Monk and Brubeck along with the more contemporary sounds of Bela Fleck, John Scofield, Ahmad Jamal and Jaco Pastorius began heavily influencing his musical direction. Liberated by the idea of free improvisation, he was finally able to realize and focus his musical vision.

In 2007 Quinn made his long-awaited recording debut releasing his self-titled CD – “Dirk Quinn”. Working the club and coffee house circuit, Quinn became increasingly in demand, play ing as many as three gigs a day while getting the occasional call to share the stage with musical legends such as Steve Kimock, Bernie Worell, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Alan Evans (Soulive), Keller Williams, Garaj Mahal, Booker T, Jimmy Bruno, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Kofi Burbridge (Derek Trucks Band), Marco Benevento, Zach Deputy, Jim Weider (The Band), Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Rodney Holmes (Santana), “DreamWeaver” Gary Wright, and Sam Kininger (Soulive) – each performance steadily garnering more recognition for Quinn, who believes in winning fans one by one on the merit of the music.

“QuinnTet”, his sophomore CD release, features “thoughtful, original melodies flowing seamlessly over groove-heavy rhythms; intricate song structures giving way to strongly expressive, organic improvisations.” Drawing inspiration from every musical genre, his solo acoustic sound has been compared to the guitar “pyrotechnics” of Keller Williams and Michael Hedges, while his full band compositions bear resemblances that range from the honest, urban funk of Soulive to the brave experimentation of Medeski, Martin and Wood.

Surrounding himself with a group of extremely talented and like-minded musicians, Quinn has been playing shows across North America while receiving an ever increasing amount of media attention. His music has now been featured on over 100+ radio stations worldwide and gets regular airplay in his hometown of Philadelphia.  Notable spins include the “Pick of the Day” on WXPN in Philadelphia as well as on the nationally syndicated “Keller’s Cellar” broadcast hosted by Keller Williams.

The Dirk Quinn Band released “Live at Home” in January of 2012.  Featuring tracks recorded over 5 different shows in and around their hometown of Philadelphia, the new CD runs the gamut from beautiful and delicate movements to evil dissonance; from intricate and thought provoking melodies to hard driving funk and is a fantastic representation of the group’s live show experience.

The band’s infectious energy and musical interplay routinely attract listeners that are admittedly more accustomed to lyric-based music. With great melodic sensibilities, rhythmic experimentation and an accessible modern edge, the Dirk Quinn Band is jazz/funk improvisation at its most exciting!

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The Tuck Ryan Band

Tuck Ryan’s sounds can best be described as Mountain Soul. His smooth New Orleans style vocals and piano playing are backed with a tight rhythm section that takes it’s cues from the Americana heroes The Band and Little Feat. If it doesn’t have soul, Tuck isn’t interested. That’s obvious if you’ve ever seen him live. He’s authentic. From behind the piano he gives his audience everything –making his songs the soundtrack of the evening to set the mood off just right. He values creating a vibe that everyone can enjoy and tries to deliver something that allows his audience to kick back and groove right along with him.

Tuck Ryan’s childhood was a diverse, well-rounded musical education. His Dad, a big Steely Dan fan and his mom, more of a Joni Mitchell girl, immersed him in the classics of Motown, singer songwriters and jazz fusion from a young age. Receiving the Marvin Gaye complete discography box set when he was 10 years old, Tuck began what would be the first of countless hours spent listening to and dissecting classic records.

From here, Ryan spent his first years on the music scene at the Fulton Opera House in Lancaster, PA performing in many main stage productions – even playing the lead role of “Oliver” when he was eleven. The stage suited him and years later he went on to form, along with Jordan Rast, “Second Hand Suits”, a Lancaster-based Jazz/Rock/Blues group that’s enjoyed regional success and acquired quite the loyal following. Tuck is also the founder of “Limbo Jimbo”, an Americana blues jam band, for which he was the primary writer, singer, piano player and rhythm guitarist. He has also worked as vocalist with the Lancaster King Street Big Band and continues to work as a guest vocalist with Andy Mowatt’s Steely Jam. Over recent years he’s continued honing his original work by creating a large repertoire of original music that is grounded in Soul, Americana, Blues and Jazz– becoming the vehicle that bridges all the sounds.

Tuck is currently fronting his own band and preparing to release his new solo album “Warmest Blue,” which he began writing during a long winter a few years ago. In it are real stories of doing some growing up and landing back on your feet. Recorded at the Sugar Tank Studio in Lancaster, Pa he enlisted the help of multiple local musicians and good friends to make this record including Oliver Craven and Charlie Muench of The Stray Birds, Andy Mowatt and Taylor Wade of Steely Jam, and Matt Hostetter and Nick Adams of Limbo Jimbo. The album is something Ryan hopes we can all relate to.

The introspective journey, hours of writing and time in studio has led to the clearest of visions for Ryan’s first solo project “Warmest Blue”. The eagerness to release the album is only reflective of the effort that went into making it. Until that day, come see Tuck live and watch him bare his soul

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